BONNER — Citing a decade of groundwork, Sen. Jon Tester has reintroduced his Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act in another attempt to protect wilderness and recreation features around the Bob Marshall
Realistically the bill will probably continue to stagnate as it has in the past. I'm guessing it's Tester making a push to show that he's trying to deliver on a popular local issue for his constituents before the next election cycle so he can use his attempts to do so as a campaign issue.From the Chronicle article.
"How either bill advances remains uncertain. With tense budget negotiations threatening to shut down the federal government at the end of September, and the legislative calendar packed with other issues that must be settled by Dec. 31, the chances of the bills getting their own votes on the Senate floor are slim. There is a possibility of one or both getting attached to a must-pass package of legislation, but no moves have started on that yet."
Moreover, Tester and some R's (by the way) know that the BCSA is an important piece of legislation for the people and landscape of Montana. If you really think it's only about politics, that's a bunch of baloney!so he can use his attempts to do so as a campaign issue.
I do legitimately believe that Tester and lots of others really want this to succeed. He’s been working hard at placating a myriad of stakeholders for years now. But it’s hard to argue the good optics of getting a locally focused bill out of committee prior to an election where his likely opponent tends to focus on national issues of little consequence locally.Moreover, Tester and some R's (by the way) know that the BCSA is an important piece of legislation for the people and landscape of Montana. If you really think it's only about politics, that's a bunch of baloney!
Even you must acknowledge it pales in comparison to the strong support of the BCSA. Furthermore, it could be argued that introduction of the FJRA bill did help Sen Tester get elected.Bill went nowhere.
The original BCSA from 2009. Truely a multiple use bill put forward by Senator Tester. Democrat President, Democrat house, and super majority in Senate.
(TOWNSEND, Mont.) – Standing with loggers, outfitters, conservationists, hunters and fishermen who spent years working together on a plan for Montana’s forests, Senator Jon Tester today introduced his much-anticipated legislation to reform forest management to “make it work” for Montana. “Our...www.tester.senate.gov
"Releases 76,000 of acres of BLM land to uses such as timber harvest and recreation. Right now that land, part of seven Wilderness Study Areas, is not official wilderness but has been managed as if it were.
Ensures about 677,000 acres of prime hunting and fishing habitat now and for future generations of Montanans through wilderness designation."
Bill went nowhere.
The FJRA was a great bill that should have been passed. If it had been, we would not be discussing this today.Even you must acknowledge it pales in comparison to the strong support of the BCSA. Furthermore, it could be argued that introduction of the FJRA bill did help Sen Tester get elected.
My cautiously optimistic hope is that Sen Tester and Sen Daines can agree to be mutually supportive regarding their respective bills on behalf of Montana public lands.